OUR ALL STAR: Whitsunday resident Naomi Bobongie has once again been named in the Indigenous All Stars squad. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
OUR ALL STAR: Whitsunday resident Naomi Bobongie has once again been named in the Indigenous All Stars squad. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Naomi proves she is an All Star

WOMEN'S RUGBY LEAGUE

LAST year was a great year for Naomi Bobongie. But 2011 has proven to be far better.

First Bobongie was part of the Mackay Brothers team that took out the 2011 Mackay and district women's rugby league competition, she then played in the Queensland Murri Carnival where she was named in the Queensland women's merit squad.

But her most recent achievement takes the cake.

Bobongie was named in the Indigenous All Stars squad on Saturday when she attended a trial camp on the Gold Coast.

A squad of 23 players were put to the test across the two-day camp with four players being omitted to form a final 19-woman squad.

The team announcement was made on Saturday afternoon, much to the delight of Bobongie.

She was part of the Indigenous All Stars team that took on the All Stars in the inaugural women's match earlier this year.

"I'm in the starting squad at number nine [hooker]," she said.

"It's a privilege to be picked again. It's exciting.

"It shows that I've worked hard to get to where I am.

"To get to the top is tremendous."

The good news comes after Bobongie's brother and Canberra Raiders hooker Travis Waddell was named in the men's Indigenous All Stars squad last Wednesday for the third time.

Bobongie has been identified as one of the best indigenous players in the country with players from as far south as Sydney and north as Bamaga making up the squad.

Having had experience at this level once before, Bobongie was one of three players named in the leadership group for her side.

"It just proves that I've got some skills that show people can come and talk to me," she said.

"That's pretty important."

Between now and the All Stars match at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on February 4 next year, Naomi will have to be very disciplined and train herself to ensure she is ready on game day.

"I know I can do it," she said.

"I just have to work hard in the lead up to the game.

"You want to give 110 percent when you're on the field."


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